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Careers in Community and Welfare
The crucial role played by people who work in
community and welfare ser vices provides everyone
with dignity, understanding and social justice. It can
turn around lives. SUE GOSS reports.
The team that
turns lives around
Any career which improves the
welfare of the community has a
You might be providing direct
support for one woman in a violent
relationship, one homeless child, one
older man who has lost everything he
worked for, one senior with early
But at the same time you are also
supporting their family, the local
neighbourhood and the future of the
The crucial role played by people
who work in community and welfare
services provides everyone with dignity,
understanding and social justice. It can
turn around lives.
A lot of work is carried out by local
councils, especially in the fields of
youth, disability and aged care services.
There are also hundreds of non-
government organisations in Victoria
which employ people in this sector.
Their peak body is the Victorian Council
of Social Service (VCOSS) which
effectively represents issues relating to
disadvantage and low income to
government and the wider community.
''There is a huge range of areas
across the welfare services,'' says
Carolyn Atkins, acting chief executive
officer of VCOSS.
''They include mental health, drug
and alcohol rehabilitation, parenting
support, youth services, refugees and
''We represent vulnerable and
disadvantaged Victorians so they can
achieve a happier and healthier life.
People working in this sector, whether
in a direct role or behind the scenes in
administration are all contributing to
social change and better outcomes.''
You don't need a degree to work in
community and welfare. There are
more than 100 careers in the industry.
Check the website set up by the
Department of Human Services
(www.hcscareers.vic.edu.au) and take
the quiz to see which jobs might suit
''In Victoria we have strong
community-based services embedded
at a local level,'' says Ms Atkins.
''Men's Sheds, the Farm Gate
Program, neighbourhood renewal,
emergency centres, mentoring,
changes to the justice system. You can
make a real difference whatever role
Don't just sit back, close your eyes
and hope someone else will do it. Get
imaginative and do it yourself.
Berry Street is a welfare support service for children and youth. The organisation believes all children
should have a safe and happy childhood.
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